Halswell, Christchurch

1 day ago

Covid-19: Older, vulnerable Kiwis urged to ‘hunker down’ when Omicron cases peak

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony … View more
From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely is based at Melbourne University and says he encouraged his nearly 80-year-old parents – who live in Rotorua – to stay at home when Omicron cases climb and the virus becomes endemic.

However, Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to support giving this advice to cancer patients.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed there was community transmission of the Omicron variant in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health on Monday reported confirmed Omicron cases in the Nelson-Tasman region, Auckland and Palmerston North.

Blakely said he talked to his parents about continuing their usual activities while using a N95 mask, but “hunkering down” when cases climbed.

“You probably do that for another 10 days until case numbers start to go up in Rotorua, and then you really hunker down. So that’s what we’ve talked about.”

Blakely said “the maths of an epidemic” meant up to half of the population was likely to get infected with Omicron.

“The trick is to make sure the people who get infected are the young ones. So you accept that. You accept there will be hospitalisations associated with that.

But to minimise the hospitalisations, the mortality and morbidity – a bit like trench warfare – you send over the young ones, and you hunker down the oldies and those with co-morbidities.”

Blakely said his parents, who are double vaccinated and have had their booster, had already decided to stay at home when cases climbed.

But he said it was hard to say how long this period should last.

New Zealand’s traffic light setting of red – the highest level of restrictions under the traffic light system –would help to slow the spread of Omicron, and protect essential services from being overwhelmed, but this would also mean the peak of the virus would last longer, Blakely said.

“Here’s the deep irony, the better New Zealanders are at flattening the curve, the longer the hunker down will be.”

Blakely acknowledged prolonged periods of isolation for the elderly and vulnerable could have significant mental health impacts.

In Australia, Omicron has taken a huge toll on the aged-care sector with hundreds of outbreaks in aged care homes. But some families have said the lockdowns were overly cautious and too hard on the elderly residents, most of whom were fully vaccinated.

Wellington GP and Royal New Zealand College of General Practice (RNZCGPs) medical director Bryan Betty said the Australian experience of Omicron showed it could peak for as long as four to six weeks.

Betty said most people – including fit older people – would experience a mild to moderate illness, if infected.

“However, the caveat on this is ... we know the biggest risk factor for a poorer outcome from Covid is age, the elderly population in particular are vulnerable to a poorer outcome with Covid.”

Betty said it would be good for older people to consider staying home, with some support from friends and family, “as the case numbers rise” in the community.

Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to date to support advising patients to stay home, but this could change “if we see much higher numbers”.

“If, in a week’s time we are seeing thousands and thousands of cases we may be advising people differently. I think the reassuring thing we’ve seen is that Omicron doesn’t seem to cause such severe disease and we know the vaccine provides very good protection.”

Gregory said for cancer patients the best defence is to be vaccinated and for the people in their households to be vaccinated.”

She said in her experience a “vast majority” of cancer patients had received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, many with a third primary dose.

“It’s a frightening time, and especially for those who are more vulnerable.

"I think as long as people have the vaccine, wear the mask, do the hand-washing and get tested promptly, I think that’s probably fine. At the moment, that’s the advice we’re giving our patients.”

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15 hours ago

job

Paul from Hoon Hay

hi there I am a 35 year old man who has most aspects of job knowledge I have done a electrical course and do most things also mechanics course have completed that and have my full c.o.a for security guard im looking for any work if anyone has or knows of any please txt me 0272803030 thank you..

16 hours ago

Tai Chi Class - Exercising with Energy

Sandy from Aidanfield

Tai Chi for Joy Class – starting from 1pm, Monday, 24th of Jan 2022
Welcome to try your first class for FREE!
Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme (Sports Canterbury)

Venue: Halswell Community Hall, 450 Halswell Road, … View more
Tai Chi for Joy Class – starting from 1pm, Monday, 24th of Jan 2022
Welcome to try your first class for FREE!
Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme (Sports Canterbury)

Venue: Halswell Community Hall, 450 Halswell Road, Christchurch
Time: Mondays, 8 classes a term

Improving balance, posture, memory, flexibility, energy, immune system, relaxation, and well-being and proven to prevent falls, protecting bones and joints.

Free 1st visit: Come and try the graceful Tai Chi movements
~ the combination of yoga, gentle stretching, energy healing and meditation ~

Contact your teacher: Sandy Email: sandyjsky@gmail.com

Beginners: 1~ 2 pm
$80 per term ($10) or $12 casual,
$64 per term ($8) or $10 casual for Community Service card or SuperGold card holders
Practising Warm-up, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Rotating Tiger or Shaking Plumes (Qigong)

Experienced: 1 ~ 2:30 pm
$112 per term ($14) or $16 casual,
$96 per term ($12) or $14 casual for Community Service card or SuperGold card holders
Practising Yang style Tai Chi - 8 form and 24 form, Tai Chi Kungfu Fan during the last 30 min

What to bring:
1. Vaccine pass
2. Mask which can be removed when we start to exercise and need to be put on after the class.
3. We will sit down about 10 min in between to read a Qigong book (Qigong is the foundation to Tai Chi). If you need reading glasses, please bring them with you.
4. Drinking bottle: a thermal one is suggested
5. Wear comfortable clothes with a pair of flat-soled shoes.

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8 days ago

‘It’s not a shed’, say landlords after one-bedroom property provokes ire online

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals … View more
It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals questioned the weekly rental cost after the Trade Me listing was shared on the suburb's community Facebook page. Continue reading here.

21 hours ago

Addictive Eaters Anonymous

The Team from Addictive Eaters Anonymous - Christchurch

“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just … View more“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just couldn’t. I knew that she understood how I would go to sleep at night desperately hoping tomorrow would be different, dreaming that tomorrow I would win the battle against food and despairing that I would never lose weight. I knew that she understood that I never did ever win that battle, always at some point in the day I would just give in and start eating and not be able to stop. I knew she understood that I had been dieting and struggling with food my entire life.

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1 day ago

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We want to understand what you think about Aotearoa New Zealand’s increasing multicultural society and the benefits and challenges that it brings and to say thanks for completing the survey, you can go in the draw to win a share of prizes. T&Cs apply.
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1 day ago

Blender

Farhad from Lincoln

This Russell Hobbs blender has all parts but the motor burnt. I can't find a new motor easily.
Happy to sell it at offers above $20 OR suggest if you can fix it for a cost. Thanks

Negotiable

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3 days ago

Cleaner wanted in Hornby

Kirsty from Hornby

Hello,
Looking for a cleaner to clean my 1 bedroom house, once a fortnight for 1.5-2 hours.

Details:
*vacuum and mop
*wipe kitchen surfaces and benchtops (occasional microwave and washing machine clean)
*clean toilet, shower and basin

We have 2 indoor cats- nothing is required for them, but … View more
Hello,
Looking for a cleaner to clean my 1 bedroom house, once a fortnight for 1.5-2 hours.

Details:
*vacuum and mop
*wipe kitchen surfaces and benchtops (occasional microwave and washing machine clean)
*clean toilet, shower and basin

We have 2 indoor cats- nothing is required for them, but they are inquisitive and will come over for pats.

You MUST be fully vaccinated. I am immuno-compromised and pregnant so can't take any risks.

Ideally you'll bring your own cleaning products and vacuum.

Must be reliable and available to clean during business hours (9am-4pm).

Thank you!

2 days ago

Free Qigong Introduction Workshop

Sandy from Aidanfield

Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme (Canterbury Sports)

Qigong Workshop : 10 -11:45 am, Wed, 26 Jan

Blue Sky Qigong Studio
Professional and partly mirrored studio
19 Templetons Road, Aidanfield, Christchurch

Welcome to… View more
Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme (Canterbury Sports)

Qigong Workshop : 10 -11:45 am, Wed, 26 Jan

Blue Sky Qigong Studio
Professional and partly mirrored studio
19 Templetons Road, Aidanfield, Christchurch

Welcome to Experience Gentle, Flowing Meditative Movements with Energy Healing

Discover a great natural “medicine” to heal the body, mind and spirit
Gather the universal energy for rejuvenation
Enhancing your health, immunity, spine, flexibility, serenity, relaxation, pelvic floor muscles, core strength, energy, wellbeing and inner joy

Only 2 spaces left, booking essential
Vaccine pass required
Register now with Sandy: sandyjsky@gmail.com

Qigong is an ancient Chinese holistic therapy.
It is the foundation to Tai Chi, but relatively simpler than Tai Chi.
Qigong includes dynamic and static forms.
Zhineng Qigong emphasises moving meditation rather than static meditation.
It uses the consciousness, body, breath, sound vibration and universal Qi(energy) to bring about positive transformation of the body, mind and spirit.

“Since beginning Qigong, my asthma gradually got better, and my breathing has improved. I no longer take any medication for asthma.
My food intolerances have gradually resolved and I can now eat most of the foods that used to cause problems for me.
My energy levels have improved and my right hip pain is hardly noticeable.
My body feels light and I can often feel the qi moving through.
I feel much calmer and any anxiety I had is gone.”
~ Vicki Parr

“The gentle movements stretch every muscle in my body although they look very simple. My muscles feel stronger, and I am mentally stronger too. While practicing, I feel the sense of “unity with the universe.””
~ Susan Sky

“Through regular qigong practice, my back pain is healed and my spine is more flexible. I had also been suffering severe shoulder pain for months. Just like a miracle, after one qigong class the pain had gone. The pain did come back a couple of days later, but much milder. After regular practice, I am pain free. This was a wow fact for me. I LOVE the feeling of connection to the Universal Qi, and would like to share qigong with others.”
~ Graham Good

Regular Classes:
Wed
10 ~ 11:45 am Qigong beginners class starts 2 Feb.
7 ~ 8:45 pm Qigong beginners class starts 2 Feb.

Thu
10 ~ 1:45 am Qigong beginners class starts 3 Feb.
7 ~ 8:45 pm Tai Chi/ Qigong class starts 3 Feb.

$170 (10 classes) or $20 casual
Qigong CDs and Qigong books are available for your better improvement.

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3 days ago

Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo

Christchurch City Council

Join us on 20/21 February at our city’s brand new Convention Centre, Te Pae, to experience a new and exciting world where anything is possible. From climate change initiatives to robotics, gaming and virtual reality. Come explore what’s now available, and in the future.

This exciting … View more
Join us on 20/21 February at our city’s brand new Convention Centre, Te Pae, to experience a new and exciting world where anything is possible. From climate change initiatives to robotics, gaming and virtual reality. Come explore what’s now available, and in the future.

This exciting free two-day event will give you and your whānau the opportunity to discover more than 100 interactive exhibitors.

Get your free tickets now.

There’s something for everyone, and we want to see you there.
Know more

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4 days ago

Tai Chi Class - starting from coming Monday , 1pm, 24 Jan 2022

Sandy from Aidanfield

Welcome to try your first class for FREE!
Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme

Venue: Halswell Community Hall, 450 Halswell Road, Christchurch
Time: Mondays, 8 classes a term

Improving balance, posture, memory, … View more
Welcome to try your first class for FREE!
Guided by experienced Chinese teacher, Sandy Jiang, an accredited provider of the Strength and Balance Programme

Venue: Halswell Community Hall, 450 Halswell Road, Christchurch
Time: Mondays, 8 classes a term

Improving balance, posture, memory, flexibility, energy, immune system, relaxation, and well-being and proven to prevent falls, protecting bones and joints.

Free 1st visit: Come and try the graceful Tai Chi movements
~ the combination of yoga, gentle stretching, energy healing and meditation ~

Contact your teacher: Sandy Email: sandyjsky@gmail.com

Beginners: 1~ 2 pm
$80 per term ($10) or $12 casual,
$64 per term ($8) or $10 casual for Community Service card or SuperGold card holders
Practising Warm-up, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Rotating Tiger or Shaking Plumes (Qigong)

Experienced: 1 ~ 2:30 pm
$112 per term ($14) or $16 casual,
$96 per term ($12) or $14 casual for Community Service card or SuperGold card holders
Practising Yang style Tai Chi - 8 form and 24 form, Tai Chi Kungfu Fan during the last 30 min

What to bring:
1. Vaccine pass
2. We will sit down about 10 min in between to read a Qigong book (Qigong is the foundation to Tai Chi). If you need reading glasses, please bring them with you.
3. Drinking bottle: a thermal one is suggested
4. Wear comfortable clothes with a pair of flat-soled shoes.

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4 days ago

Job Opportunities - City Energy Ltd (trading as City Firewood) for Cadet or Experienced Machine Operators

Virinia from Cashmere

Job Opportunities - City Energy Ltd (trading as City Firewood)
Cadet or Experienced Machine Operators

Please see attached advertisement.

Advert for P&H Operator Vacancies January 2022.docx Download View

5 days ago

Exterior wall plaster repair needed

Lisa from Cashmere

I need someone to repair the plaster cladding on an exterior wall that had some water damage... any suggestions for tradesperson?

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5 days ago

Exclusive Neighbourly offering!

Climate Insights

Hi Neighbours,

Download your Property Climate Risk Report today and receive a 20% discount! Simply insert this code SUMMER22 at checkout and find out how climate resilient your property is today.

The peak property buying and selling season is here and after the record-breaking warmth of … View more
Hi Neighbours,

Download your Property Climate Risk Report today and receive a 20% discount! Simply insert this code SUMMER22 at checkout and find out how climate resilient your property is today.

The peak property buying and selling season is here and after the record-breaking warmth of 2021, it is time to consider how our climate could impact your home.

Let's plan together to keep your home cooler, drier and more liveable.
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6 days ago

Do you have a great eggplant recipe?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Every month, NZ Gardener runs a series of tested reader recipes using a seasonal crop. We are now on the hunt for eggplant recipes, so send your best ones to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz before January 30, 2022.

Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Homegrown … View more
Dear neighbours,

Every month, NZ Gardener runs a series of tested reader recipes using a seasonal crop. We are now on the hunt for eggplant recipes, so send your best ones to mailbox@nzgardener.co.nz before January 30, 2022.

Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Homegrown Recipes.

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